Jan. 19, 2005
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Harlem Diamonds, a newly-formed professional softball team that will begin play in June 2005, drafted Florida State shortstop Tatiana George with the third overall pick in their 2005 draft of college seniors.
George, who will look to lead the Seminoles to their second straight Women’s College World Series appearance in 2005, will make a decision on her professional career options once the season ends.
The Harlem Diamonds will begin play on June 10, 2005 and will perform nearly 60 games as fundraising events for community youth and social service organizations.
“She is an exceptional person as well as a player,” said associate head softball coach Louie Berndt. “You cannot go wrong with her. She is such a positive person and she will give you everything that you need.”
George is a four-year starter at shortstop and was off to the best start of her career before injuries set in and wiped out almost half of her season in 2004. Her fractured wrist caused her to miss 26 starts and she was not able to hit for more than a month after showing more homerun power last year than ever before the injury. In fact, her six homers in 2004 were more than her career total coming into the season. At the time George got hurt, she had just wrapped up a place on the NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team with a huge tournament including a walk-off home run against the Gamecocks in the tournament semi-final. After returning from the injury, she had a two-run homerun in the top of the fourth that won the game for FSU against Washington at the WCWS.
The 2003 All-ACC selection has been a part of two Florida State teams that advanced to the WCWS (2002, 2004) and she has a career batting average of .260. For the second consecutive season, she will be a team captain for FSU.
George and the Seminoles open the 2005 campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 9, when they travel across town to face Florida A&M at 5 and 7 p.m.
To learn more about the Harlem Diamonds, check the web site at www.harlemdiamonds.com. The Harlem Diamonds are owned and operated by Harlem Ambassadors, Inc., which produces over 200 show basketball events annually. To learn more about the Harlem Ambassadors, go to www.harlemambassadors.com
Harlem Diamonds’ 2005 College Draft Order
No. 1 – Kia Fennell – P/DP – Cal State Northridge
No. 2 – Wynter Turner – 3B – Texas
No. 3 – Tatiana George – IF – Florida State
No. 4 – Jessica Young – OF – North Carolina
No. 5 – Saskia Roberson – 1B – DePaul
No. 6 – DeKenya Williams – P/OF – Boston University
Tanelda McDonald – 3B – Mississippi State
Janiva Willis – OF – Winthrop University
Jonnae McClain – 1B/C – Drexel University
Dorothy Donaldson – OF – Colgate University
Lesley Mayhorn – OF/C – Sacramento State